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Warner Bros. have just hired Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class co-writer Jane Goldman to rewrite the script hoping to get Burton to helm and Robert Downey Jr. to play the woodcarver Geppetto, Pinocchio’s creator/father.
Bryan Fuller scribed the initial draft will not focus on the titular wooden doll, but instead will see the story from the eyes of Geppetto (Downey, assuming he signs on).
Now Goldman is taking over writing duties in the hopes that she will convince Downey to jump aboard, but this still means the studio is no closer to getting started.
Anyone Interested? Not me.
- Nick Martin
Exclusive: Screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich has moved over to Verve. He was previously at ICM. Vukadinovich’s original screenplay The Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto appeared on the 2011 Black List and was recently sold to Fox with 21 Laps producing. He also is set to write Garbage Pail Kids with Michael Eisner producing and is in talks to pen Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for Disney with Justin Springer (Secret Machine) producing and Pete Candeland directing. He’s also working on two independent film projects, Pete And Goat with Dan Dubiecki (The Allegiance Theater) and Ahmet Zappa producing. Amanda Seyfreid and Anton Yelchin are attached to star with Mark Palansky directing. The other is The Do Over with StrangeWeather Films producing and Will Graham attached to direct. On the small screen, Vukadinovich sold his original pilot Jonah And The Whale to Starz. He’s managed by Ava Jamshidi at Industry Entertainment. Related: Catherine »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
It’s been a while since a Media Tidbits, so there is a lot to cover:
When reality enters into movies, studios are faced with difficult choices. The Trayvon Martin incident in Florida is focusing an uncomfortable light into 20th Century Fox’s upcoming July release, Neighborhood Watch. The film’s teaser, which the studios describe as “a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” features stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade attack the block with intimidating stares while Hill makes finger-guns and later manhandles a hoodie-clad teen. This most striking parallel forced Fox to pull both the teaser posters and trailer from Florida altogether, noting they are “very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case.” The studio announced they plan to move into the next phase of their marketing of the film, but intend to keep the July 27th release date, »
The latest and greatest casting news is upon us readers! Fans of Game of Thrones, are you wondering what project you will see your favorite smooth talking Tyrion Lannister actor Peter Dinklage in next? Or if you’re wondering who’s voice it is that Emma Watson will be hearing in Your Voice In My Head, you’ve come to the right place.
Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage is very sought after these days and has a lot of projects on the go. Not only is he a wanted man, script writers are developing projects specifically with Dinklage in mind. One such project is Rememory. Deadline tells us that Mark Palansky will direct Rememory from a script he developed with writer Mike Vukadinovich.
The film “revolves around a brilliant professor who mysteriously dies on the eve of releasing his life-changing invention.” His wife, Carolyn who will be portrayed by Catherine O’Hara, »
- Mina Kelly
Not many may remember writer/director Mark Palansky's debut feature, Penelope, as it received mixed reviews and an unimpressive box office. And it's a shame because Palansky's modern fairy tale was spirited, charming, and filled with wacky and wonderful performances. Thankfully, after six years Palansky is soon to mount his follow-up to the feisty fable with the help of two of Penelope's stellar supporting players. Deadline reports that Palansky has signed comedienne extraordinaire Catherine O.Hara and Golden Globe-winning Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage to front Rememory, a tale that centers on a mind-binding mystery. Penned by Mike Vukadinovich, the film begins with the unexpected and puzzling death of a professor the night before he was due to unveil his "life-changing invention." O'Hara will play his widow, who is left to make sense of the bizarre machine, while Dinklage will portray "an unlikely friend." Together the pair »
Mark Palansky (Penelope) has set his sights on some humorous leads for his latest project, Rememory. Re-teaming with writer Mike Vukadinovich, the pair have nabbed Peter Dinklage and Catherine O’Hara to star in their drama. [Deadline]
The film “revolves around a brilliant professor who mysteriously dies on the eve of releasing his life-changing invention. His wife, Carolyn (O’Hara), discovers the device, which records and plays memories. With an unlikely friend (Dinklage), she uses the invention to get to the bottom of the mystery.” Both Dinklage and O’Hara collaborated with Palansky for the aforementioned Penelope, though these are certainly bigger roles than their last time out.
Palmer Productions’ Trevor Waterson is behind the project, which will begin production this May in Toronto. The creative duo are currently developing Pete and Goat, which will star Amanda Seyfried and Anton Yelchin, as well as Cyborg, a semi-remake of Park Chan-wook‘s I’m a Cyborg, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The story revolves around a brilliant professor who mysteriously dies on the eve of releasing his life-changing invention. His wife, Carolyn (O’Hara), discovers the device which records and plays memories.
With an unlikely friend (Dinklage), she uses the invention to get to the bottom of the mystery.
- Garth Franklin
We've got a few movie casting notes for you today. Here they are at a glance: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Catherine O'Hara (Home Alone) will star in writer/director Mark Palansky's Rememory, in which Dinklage assists O'Hara in using her late husband's invention to solve the mystery around his sudden death. Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma) is in talks to join Steven Soderbergh's Bitter Pill. The project centers on a married doctor who is drawn into the life of an increasingly troubled patient who self-medicates to dull the anxiety related to the impending release of her husband from prison. Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot) joins the semi-autobiographical familial drama, Small Time, drawn from 24 co-creator Joel Surnow's personal history. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up, via Deadline, the script for Rememory was written by Palansky and Mike Vukadinovich specifically with Dinklage and O'Hara in mind. »
- Dave Trumbore
For those old enough to remember Topps’ classic trading cards and the awesome-but-terrible 1987 feature film, this news will re-ignite that childhood spark in you. Topps parody of the sweet natured, but ultimately creepy Cabbage Patch Kids, was the must have collection during my school yard days. Featuring characters that were as hilarious and outlandish as they were stomach-churningly disgusting or politically-incorrect.
Now it appears The Garbage Pail Kids will soon be back on the big-screen, with award-winning shorts filmmaker Pes (yes, really) directing from a script by Michael Vukadinovich. The original film starred the late, great Anthony Newley and was huge (cheesy) disaster but still has a huge cult following to this day. As a 7 year-old fan I lapped it up, looking back at the film now, it is actually embarrassingly awful, and badly dated. Hopefully a new generation will be able to see the magic realised to its full potential with this new adaptation. »
- Craig Hunter
If this is a dream, you’d better not wake my ass up. Word around the proverbial water cooler is that Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will produce a big-screen adaptation of the popular 80′s trading cards, a feature that will be directed by “Roof Sex” mastermind Pes. That’s right — Pes. What, exactly, is a Pes? I’m not entirely sure what he is, but you might want to take a look at his short films if you like weird, bite-sized animated flicks. They’re actually pretty spiffy. Pes will be working from a script penned by Michael Vukadinovich. Anyway, most kids these days probably have no idea what a Garbage Pail Kid is. The trading cards first appeared way back in the year that was 1985, a parody of the insanely popular Cabbage Patch Kids toys that were all the rage with little girls at the time. I »
- Todd Rigney
The Tornante Company is set to finance and produce a feature film adaptation of the Topps trading cards series "Garbage Pail Kids" reports Deadline.
The card series began in 1985 as a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids and became popular enough to be banned in a lot of schools. Acclaimed short film helmet 'Pes' ("Fresh Guacamole," "Western Spaghetti) will direct from a script by Michael Vukadinovich.
The film's producer, Michael Eisner, bought Topps in 2007 and this marks his first feature spinoff project with the company. Toby Ascher is also producing. »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Eisner, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is financing and producing the development of a feature film based on "Garbage Pail Kids," the trading card line published by Topps. Eisner bought the card company in 2007. The new movie will be directed by Pes, an award-winning creator of many popular shorts. His latest is "Fresh Guacamole," which you can watch below. "Garbage Pale Kids" will be written by Michael Vukadinovich, whose "The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto" made the Black List, which is a list of the best unproduced scripts. Hatched in 1985 by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, the "Garbage Pail Kids" launched as an irreverent parody of the "Cabbage Patch Kids." The cards became wildly popular, mostly for being banned by many schools. There was also a feature film done in 1987. It grossed only $1.5 million and has a 0% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Fresh Guacamole" by Pes: »
The Garbage Pail Kids are returning to the big screen. Deadline has word that Pes, an artist best known for his short films, will direct an all-new feature-length adaptation through The Tornante Company. Relative newcomer Michael Vukadinovich will provide the screenplay.
First released by the Topps Company in 1985, Garbage Pail Kids were a series of trading card stickers that, parodying the popular line of "Cabbage Patch Kids" dolls, offered gross-out character designs based on simple puns.
Turned into a film in 1987, the original The Garbage Pail Kids Movie was directed by Rod Amateau and featured dwarf actors in puppet costumes as the Garbage Pail kids themselves. There's no word on what approach Pes will be taking, but his below film, "Fresh Guacamole", offers a solid example of what he's been working on recently...
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- email@example.com (Ryan Turek)
First, let's get this out of the way: Yup, they're actually making another Garbage Pail Kids movie ... in 2012. Not even in 2012 -- this sucker probably won't come out until 2013 or 2014, but just the fact that they're resurrecting this 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids novelty parody item almost 30 years later (and after the first 1987 live-action (!) version tanked) goes to show that the idea factory may be running a tad low on ideas. Michael Eisner's company will finance the feature film, which we imagine will be animated this time around (though there's no official word on that), with popular shorts filmmaker Pes (yup, that's his name) directing and Michael Vukadinovich writing the script. Here's Pes' latest short, for those...
- Erik Davis
The only comfort I take from the news that former Disney chief Michael Eisner’s production company is planning a new big screen version of the popular gross-out Eighties trading cards The Garbage Pail Kids is that it cannot possibly be worse than 1987's live-action abomination.
We all know that one of the current memes in Hollywood is “if it was popular in the 80’s, we have to revive it for the big screen”, but a movie based on a line of trading cards that haven’t been popular for a quarter of a century that already spawned one of the worst movies in the history of cinema?
Deadline Hollywood stunned the world today breaking the exclusive news that Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance and develop a new feature film based on the controversial 1985 Garbage Pail Kids trading cards that were brought to life by Pulitzer Prize-winning »
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids—the Art Spiegelman-created trading card series that gave an entire generation of children nicknames they then funneled into still-simmering, scattershot rage—will get another chance at a movie adaptation, because you have heard of it. Deadline reports that Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company will produce a film to be written by Michael Vukadinovich (of the recently acquired Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto) and directed by the enigmatically named Pes, whose short films like Western Spaghetti, Game Over, and Fresh Guacamole have all become web hits. While that’s certainly some unique talent to put behind a film »
Michael Eisner will produce through his The Tornante Company, which purchased the trading card company Topps back in 2007. Topps first put out the Garbage Pail Kids trading card stickers in 1985, which spoofed the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. The cards spawned the 1987 live-action feature The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.
Pes has directed short films such as Western Spaghetti, Roof Sex, and The Animation Show 4. You can take a look at his latest short, Fresh Guacamole below, which was featured on Showtime's Short Stories.
Just when you thought that Hollywood's obsession with '80s nostalgia couldn't get any worse, well... someone goes and decides to make a new movie based on the the Garbage Pail Kids. As you may know, Garbage Pail Kids were a series of collectible trading cards produced in the '80s that parodied the wildly popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. They were the brainchild of Art Spiegelman and had pun-oriented names like Up Chuck, Fartin' Martin and Potty Scotty, accompanied by grotesque and sometimes controversial imagery. They were so popular that they eventually spawned a feature film, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, which is still hailed to this day as one of the worst movies ever made. Now Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company is setting up a brand new Garbage Pail Kids movie. It seems unlikely that it will be a direct remake, but it is possible that it »
With board game adaptations like Battleship and Candyland coming, not to mention toys like Stretch Armstrong following in the footsteps of G.I. Joe and Transformers by making the leap to the big screen, there's no doubt nostalgia is alive in Hollywood, but I wouldn't exactly call it healthy. Now Tinseltown is really digging in the bottom of the well, or rather the trash can, as Deadline has word that former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is financing and developing a feature film based on Garbage Pail Kids, a line of Topps trading cards parodying Cabbage Patch Kids toys which turned into live-action feature in 1987. As Wikipedia describes the crude but funny trading card series, each sticker card featured a Garbage Pail Kid character having some comical abnormality and/or suffering some terrible fate, and a humorous, word play-rich character name, such as Glandular Angela, Adam Bomb or Fryin' Brian. Michael Vukadinovich, »
- Ethan Anderton
Of all the properties Michael Eisner has the wherewithal to make a feature out of, he goes with Garbage Pail Kids. Some four years after acquiring rights to the trading card line, Deadline reports that he and his production company, Tornante, have now landed a director and screenwriter for the project; Pes (he’s too cool for a normal name, you guys) will be getting behind the camera, while Michael Vukadinovich (The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto) is getting to work on the script.
What will he even write about? Unlike, say, Pokémon, this is not a card series with much room for narrative innovation or well-sketched characters — personally, all they do is provide a natural reaction of “gross.” If that didn’t raise enough concerns, the only prior adaptation of Garbage Pail Kids was a horribly failed musical that’s become something of a midnight cult item. (I’m not a betting man, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
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